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Patent Issued for Graphical User Interface for a Gaming System

September 11, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Computer Weekly News -- Supercell Oy (Helsinki, FI) has been issued patent number 8814674, according to news reporting originating out of Alexandria, Virginia, by VerticalNews editors.

The patent's inventors are Derome, John Nicholas (Espoo, FI); Leppinen, Lassi (Espoo, FI).

This patent was filed on May 24, 2012 and was published online on August 26, 2014.

From the background information supplied by the inventors, news correspondents obtained the following quote: "The present invention generally relates to user interfaces, and, more specifically, to graphical user interfaces for gaming systems.

"Computing devices include tablet computers such as iPads, and smart phones, including Apple's iPhone.RTM., Google's Android.RTM. phone, and Symbian.RTM. phones. These computing devices have extremely user-friendly interfaces, for enabling easy and quick interaction to users thereof. Most of these devices incorporate touch-sensitive screens that obtain user's inputs and facilitate smooth user interaction. Gaming software is employed in many of these devices for leisure purpose. An important aspect of a gaming system is the ease with which a user can enter desired inputs and interact with the user interface of the device on which he/she plays a game. For devices that lack a touch-screen facility incorporated therein, the only possible ways of interaction of the user while playing a game on such devices, is by clicking an associated mouse, using associated keyboard functions/keys to operate, or using associated joysticks. The experience with the `point and click` or `joystick` incorporated in many lower grade electronic devices is incompatible and often time consuming, while playing a game. Specifically, there are specific games where a user/player needs to use clicking, pointing, tapping and dragging operations many times, and often at different device display locations, which is hard to operate through a mouse or a joystick. In a typical gaming environment, where a user needs to perform similar operations by clicking or touching on multiple points on the interface, this becomes cumbersome. Even the touch-sensitive screens, provided in many conventional electronic devices, are capable of sensing the touching operation at one point at a time. Multi-touch screens are still not popular, and they can be of great benefit in gaming environment. Some of the conventional gaming console applications can be controlled through multi-touch sensitive operations, however, in strategic gaming environments, for performing certain desired operations, they still have some drawbacks.

"Therefore, considering the aforementioned problems, there exists a need for a better and highly congenial graphical user interface for a gaming system, while playing a game on a computing device."

Supplementing the background information on this patent, VerticalNews reporters also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent: "The present disclosure provides an extremely compatible graphical user interface that facilitates an easy user interaction while the user plays a game on a computing device. Specifically, the disclosure provides a system and a method that facilitate an improved user experience, by sensing and obtaining user inputs through touching or swiping operations performed at multiple points on the graphical user interface corresponding to a gaming console.

"In an aspect, the present disclosure provides an electronic device that includes a touch sensitive display screen and a computing hardware that executes a software product corresponding to a gaming system. The display screen simultaneously senses touching operations performed at multiple locations on the screen. When the software product is executed on the computing hardware, it generates and renders a graphical user interface on the display screen of the electronic device. The graphical user interface facilitates easy user interaction, and when rendered on the display screen, it presents multiple graphical objects and a number of user selectable options corresponding to the graphical object. Each user selectable option represents multiple resources for performing an operation on one or more of the graphical objects. A user selects one or more of these options, and the software product renders the resources corresponding to that option at different locations on the interface. The resources corresponding to the selected option are rendered when the user touches or swipes through the multiple points of the interface. Further, the nature of rendering and deploying the different resources on the interface depends on parameters like the speed with which the user performs the touching or swiping operation, or the pressure applied by the user on the interface while performing either the touching or the swiping operation.

"In another aspect, the present disclosure provides a method of facilitating easy user interactions with a graphical user interface. A software product is executed on the computing hardware of the electronic device, and this results in generating and rendering of the interface on the display screen of the device. One or more graphical objects and a set of user selectable options corresponding to the graphical objects are rendered on the interface. Each user selectable option corresponds to one or more resources to be deployed on the interface. The method includes selecting one or more of these selectable options and performing a touching operation or a swiping operation over multiple points on the display screen of the device. Eventually, the resources corresponding to the selected option are deployed at multiple locations on the interface simultaneously. These locations correspond to the different points at which the touching or the swiping operation is performed.

"The system and method of the present disclosure facilitates performing similar operation on a gaming console through multiple regions of the console at the same time, and avoids the cumbersome operations of touching or swiping through different points, each one at a time.

"Additional aspects, advantages, features and objects of the present disclosure would be made apparent from the drawings and the detailed description of the illustrative embodiments construed in conjunction with the appended claims that follow."

For the URL and additional information on this patent, see: Derome, John Nicholas; Leppinen, Lassi. Graphical User Interface for a Gaming System. U.S. Patent Number 8814674, filed May 24, 2012, and published online on August 26, 2014. Patent URL:

Keywords for this news article include: Software, Supercell Oy.

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